Law and Policy

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Another Fight Over Local Control: This One May Sink a Bill Decriminalizing Pot

Introduced in three legislative sessions, parties now disagreeing on a change that would remove local control over penalties.

While Wisconsin may be late to the game in passing such a law, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said it will help the industry recover from the economic downturn. (Shutterstock)
Evers Signs Cocktails-to-Go Bill

The law allows bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks to-go.

The state Capitol in Madison is reflected off the windows of an office building across the street. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Wisconsin Republicans Reintroduce and Pass Controversial COVID-19 Provisions

Several provisions that killed the Legislature’s first proposed COVID-19 package this year now passed as individual bills.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)
Critics Say I-94 Expansion in Milwaukee Puts Evers’ Administration at Odds With Biden—and Itself

The governor's climate change task force pointed to the historically detrimental effects of urban freeways and ports on communities of color in a 2020 report. But his administration is pressing ahead anyway.

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Once Again, Wisconsin Republicans Refuse to Recognize Black History Month. They Honored Rush Limbaugh Instead.

Democratic legislators spoke in the chamber Tuesday about the role Rush Limbaugh played in spreading disinformation, most recently about the coronavirus and the Nov. 3 election, which prompted the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan. 6.

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This Isn’t Your Grandma’s ERA. Wisconsin Dems Go Big on a New Equal Rights Amendment.

State constitution would bar discrimination on the basis of gender as the original ERA, but also offer protection in many more ways.

Rep. Jim Steineke speaking
Has Qualified Police Immunity Become Absolute Immunity? Task Force Is Divided.

Police defend the controversial doctrine while activists and a former Republican Assembly candidate criticize it.